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Cliff Walk: A Liam Mulligan Novel

by Bruce DeSilva

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This really had potential, and parts were enjoyable to read. The plot was interesting...at first, then it seemed to skip all over the place. Quick read, would be good for a plane or train ride ( )
  petrichor8 | Jun 6, 2016 |
Good story, not quite up to "Rogue Island", but likeable characters in a believable plot. Good stuff. ( )
  tinkermn | Aug 2, 2014 |
The pieces of a young child’s body being eaten in a pig farm. A pornographer shot dead. Legal prostitution. Religious zealots picketing adult clubs. A crusading attorney general, who is also a nun, pushing women’s rights. All in the little state of Rhode Island. Criminal reporter Liam Mulligan and his collection of personal ringtones is at it again.

“He won’t hurt you none,” Zerilli said. “He’s fuckin’ harmless.”
“Where’d you get him?”
“The pound.”
“Got a name for him yet?”
“Calling him Shortstop.”
“How come?”
“‘Cause Centerfielder’s a stupid fuckin’ name.”

The dialogue is quick and realistic. At least in the way you want it to be real. DeSilva does an admirable job with the characters, rounding them fully so that none are a caricature of what you thought they should be. It is witty and comedic. But don’t let that fool you. It needs to be. The subject matter is dark and disturbing on a visceral level that few of us ever want to admit exists. To and past the point that the prostitutes and their plight are the lighter of the evil that reeks throughout the story.

…When I got home, I was still jumpy. I lay in bed drinking Bushmills from a pint bottle, hoping it would calm me down. I used the remote to snap on the TV and channel surfed until I stumbled on a favorite movie, The assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. As the whiskey kicked in, I forgot to keep my eyes open, afraid of what my dreams might bring.
I knew I’d lost the fight when a bloody little girl walked into the room and asked me to help her find her arms…

Mulligan travels this dark underbelly of Rhode Island hunting child rapists and killers and pornographers. Until he finds himself hunting the killer who is hunting them as well.

This is dark crime drama. It is also spiritual. Somewhere early on, Mulligan remarks that he believes prostitution is a victimless crime. That is until the victim’s bodies begin to pile up on him. By the end he is not sure who is the real victim and who is the real criminal.

Mulligan has been standing on the banks of the cesspool he reports upon. This time the tide has risen and he may have begun to sink in. ( )
  agarcia85257 | Oct 30, 2013 |
Cliff Walk: a Liam Mulligan novel. Bruce DeSliva. 2012. This the second book of what apparently will be a series. Mulligan is an investigative reporter for a Rhode Island newspaper that like most major newspapers is dying a slow death because of the internet.
Mulligan is assigned to work on a story involving the murder of a reclusive porn dealer and his daughter who runs a string of brothels in RI. His up and coming sidekick, “Thanks Dad,” the son of the owner of the newspaper and his childhood friend who is a Sisters of Charity nun and the attorney general (willing suspend your disbelief) assist him as he becomes mired in horrors of prostitution and child pornography. Mulligan is as wisecracking as he was in the first novel but does not wear his honor as opening as Spencer does. This is a fun read, even though I did not appreciate his negative comments about the Catholic Church ( )
  judithrs | Jun 10, 2013 |
Staying just as good as he was in his first book, Bruce DeSilva returns with another Mulligan.
I really like this author and I looked forward to this book. I was not disappointed.
More please! ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
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Even in 21st century Rhode Island, Liam Mulligan registers as a cross between Sam Spade and the head-long reporters in The Front Page.

Mulligan is an investigative newspaper journalist who just never gives up, and in DeSilva’s third and best Mulligan novel, he’s determined to loosen the mob’s grip on his state’s illegal sex trade.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076533237X, Hardcover)

Prostitution has been legal in Rhode Island for more than a decade; Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter at dying Providence newspaper, suspects the governor has been taking payoffs to keep it that way. But this isn’t the only story making headlines…a child’s severed arm is discovered in a pile of garbage at a pig farm. Then the body of an internet pornographer is found sprawled on the rocks at the base of Newport’s famous Cliff Walk.

At first, the killings seem random, but as Mulligan keeps digging into the state’s thriving sex business, strange connections emerge. Promised free sex with hookers if he minds his own business—and a beating if he doesn’t—Mulligan enlists Thanks-Dad, the newspaper publisher’s son, and Attila the Nun, the state’s colorful Attorney General, in his quest for the truth. What Mulligan learns will lead him to question his beliefs about sexual morality, shake his tenuous religious faith, and leave him wondering who his real friends are.

Cliff Walk is at once a hard-boiled mystery and an exploration of sex and religion in the age of pornography. Written with the unique and powerful voice that won DeSilva an Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Cliff Walk lifts Mulligan into the pantheon of great suspense heroes and is a giant leap for the career of Bruce DeSilva.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:45 -0400)

Prostitution has been legal in Rhode Island for more than a decade; Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter at dying Providence newspaper, suspects the governor has been taking payoffs to keep it that way. But this isn't the only story making headlines--a child's severed arm is discovered in a pile of garbage at a pig farm. Then the body of an internet pornographer is found sprawled on the rocks at the base of Newport's famous Cliff Walk. At first, the killings seem random, but as Mulligan keeps digging into the state's thriving sex business, strange connections emerge. Promised free sex with hookers if he minds his own business--and a beating if he doesn't--Mulligan enlists the newspaper publisher's son and the state's colorful Attorney General in his quest for the truth. What Mulligan learns will lead him to question his beliefs about sexual morality, shake his tenuous religious faith, and leave him wondering who his real friends are.… (more)

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